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Records of the Lawrence Pipe & Steel Company

Call Number: RH MS P919


The Lawrence Pipe & Steel Company, located in Lawrence, Kansas, was a local business in operation from 1917 until at least 1981. This collection contains tax return forms, newspaper clippings, and company business ledgers.


  • 1969-1981


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No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of Lawrence Pipe & Steel Company

Originally called the Auto Wrecking and Junk Company, the Lawrence Pipe & Steel Company of Lawrence, Kansas was established in 1917 and was in operation until at least 1981. Morris "Shorty" Cohen originally owned the company and was joined in the late 1930's by his nephew Herman Cohen, who eventually assumed ownership of the company. Cohen also owned the T.I.R.E. Co. which was located in the same building as the Pipe & Steel Company. After 50 years of service, Cohen retired in 1977, and Tom Hayden was elected company president. In July of 1981, the Pipe & Steel and T.I.R.E. companies both were destroyed by arson fire, believed to be a cover up of burglary at the Pipe & Steel building.


3 folders (+ 2 volumes) ; folders (25 x 38 cm.), volumes (34 x 40 cm.)

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Physical Location

RH MS P919

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, David Katzman, 2012.


Guide to the Lawrence Pipe & Steel Company Collection
Records of the Lawrence Pipe & Steel Company
Finding aid prepared by aam, 2014; revised by eear, 2015 This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-02-15 10:15:22 -0600.
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Lawrence Pipe & Steel Company Collection, RH MS P919, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States